According to Professor Hossein Kamaly, his new book, A History of Islam in 21 Women, is a historian’s way of looking at Islam through a new lens.
Professor Kamaly gave a presentation about the book on Dec. 3, 2019, and answered questions from a highly engaged audience of students, faculty, staff, and others.
一道本不卡免费高清“Since the 1980s, plenty of books have appeared about women and Islam,” he said. “What I wished to do is write a history from the 7th century to the present organized by women.”
一道本不卡免费高清To that end, Professor Kamaly chose the women included in his book very carefully. He starts with Khadija, the Prophet Muhammad’s wife and the first believer in the new religion.
一道本不卡免费高清“Khadija gave all she had to her last dying breath to support her husband,” he said.
一道本不卡免费高清The other women in the book range from Queen Arwa (1050-1138), who ruled Yemen for 50 years, to Tajul-Alam Safiatuddin Syah (1612-1675), a queen in Indonesia, to the final biography in the book, Zaha Hadid (1950-2016), a renowned Iraqi-born architect.
一道本不卡免费高清“Writing a history around women is bound to be controversial,” Professor Kamaly said, adding that he decided to let the stories — not the controversy — shape the narrative.
To learn more about the book, visit this link on the or on . The full presentation can be viewed below: